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Month: January 2014

January 31, 2014

President's weekly report — January 31, 2014

Environment — Right to challenge wetlands designation mistake We filed this opposition to the federal government’s motion to dismiss our case against the government in Duarte Nursery v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  That’s the case where the Corps ordered John Duarte to stop farming on his property, supposedly becaus ...

January 31, 2014

School choice across the world

Nowhere is the value of school choice more evident than when parents make huge sacrifices to get their children into a good school.  This may involve paying for private school tuition or home school curriculum, driving the extra miles (literally), wading through bureaucratic inter- or intra-district transfer policies for public schools, or getting ...

January 31, 2014

California Senate wants voters to give state universities the power to discriminate

In a vote that fell along strict party lines, the California Senate Democrat supermajority voted yesterday to put a controversial constitutional amendment on the November ballot. SCA5 would give universities the power to judge students on the basis of race when they are applying for admission to a school in the University of California or ...

January 31, 2014

Lawsuit seeks to empower schools to fire bad teachers

Should California's schools be able to fire ineffective teachers? This is the subject of Vergara v. California, which asks the court to declare unconstitutional several California laws that hinder schools' ability to fire ineffective teachers. For example, one challenged law allows a school to tenure a teacher after only 18 months on the job. The ...

January 30, 2014

PLF and school choice

As PLF continues to celebrate School Choice Week 2014, here’s a look at some of the important school choice cases that we litigated last year: ...

January 30, 2014

Are they in it for the money?

I have no doubt that many in the environmental community are sincere in their convictions.  Nevertheless, sometimes one wonders whether Congress’s decision to require the losers in many different types of environmental lawsuits to pay the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees creates the right incentives.  A friend recently brought an exe ...

January 29, 2014

Rural school choice: a personal perspective

People across the country are celebrating National School Choice Week. The vast majority of school choice discussions focus on the struggles of kids in failing urban school districts. However, school choice also has a role to play in rural areas. Schools in these communities enroll one of four American students. In these communities four out ...

January 29, 2014

Sierra Club tries to block Del Mar Fairground visitors

On January 8,the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission seeking to block the Del Mar Fairgrounds' Coastal Development Permit for parking at the fair. The fair needed a permit because the Commission classified parking outside of fair season as "development" in a "wetland." After a long series of meetings the Commissio ...

January 29, 2014

How the Supreme Court launched the disparity study industry

This last Sunday the Wall Street Journal published an excellent article written by Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity, and John Sullivan of Croson Legal Services.  The article marks the 25th anniversary of an important Supreme Court decision in City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co. In Croson, the Supreme Court held that ...

January 28, 2014

Happy School Choice Week 2014

PLF is once again happy to celebrate National School Choice Week.  PLF joins with many school choice organizations across the country, in an effort to bring public awareness to the benefits of school choice.  Check back throughout the week for updates on cases that PLF is litigating, as well as interesting issues and studies that ...